2018 1st Quarter Bags for Change Nominees – Naples
Lighthouse of Collier Inc.
Lighthouse of Collier has provided services to the blind and visually impaired community for 8 years and has serviced over 1500 clients in the local community. The main focus is empowering clients and teaching them to be as independent as possible by teaching tips, tools, and techniques in order to live more independently. Many of the clients come into the center filled with grief, depression and loss of hope and we do everything in our power to turn their lives around through rehabilitation therapy, counseling or simply being there when they need someone to listen. Any funding would go toward classes and experiences, working toward independence and better quality of life for these individuals.
Bikes 4 Tykes Inc.
By providing bikes to kids in need, Bikes for Tykes empowers children, fights childhood obesity and reduces our environmental impact. A bicycle gives a child his or her first test of true independence, self-reliance, self-esteem and a foundation for a healthy lifestyle.
Imagine Chidren’s Health Center
Our mission is to provide psychological treatment and health education that is effective and compassionate for Collier County children and their families. IMAGINE will provide hurting children with an opportunity to avoid lifelong suffering and to function again at their highest level in school, at home and with friends.
Education Foundation of Collier County, Champions for Learning
Champions For Learning makes it possible for our community to impact lives by enriching the environment for student learning through educators and directly with students.
Youth Haven, Inc.
Youth Haven is Southwest Florida’s emergency residential shelter for boys and girls ages 6-18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Children coming to Youth Haven are severely traumatized and in crisis. Youth Haven is an immediate lifeline of safety, love and compassion for innocent children in crisis and first step in a long journey back to trust, confidence and joy.